Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Reading - Part Two

It's that time again... to show everyone what I've had my nose buried in this summer. Here are some of the books I've read this summer, along with the reviews I posted at GoodReads. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've read the same books, or even if you have suggestions about what I should read next!

The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Series, #1)The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


It's no secret that I'm a paranormal freak, so when I saw there was a series titled Freak House I was all over it. True to its description, this Gothic tale is chock full of mystery, intrigue and freakish unnatural powers. As a side note, I adored the historical type details and found myself easily transported to another time and place while reading it.

It's well-written and the characters are perfectly developed. The Wrong Girl is a great choice if you want to spend the afternoon fully engrossed in a Gothic mystery with hints of a budding romance and more plot layers than an onion.

I'll certainly be reading the next book in the series!


Witch Bound (Twilight of the Gods, #2)Witch Bound by Eleri Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Although this novel is the second in this fantasy series, it stands alone well enough that I didn't feel lost. I will certainly go back and read the first one now, so that I can wallow in the details that were hinted at in this book.

Now, I'd call this fantasy with a historical (mythology) bent, with the added bonus of a neatly set-up love triangle. It's also the story of a young woman coming into her self and her power, so as such the novel has an uplifting quality to is as well.

Witch Bound is well-written and compelling. I loved the magic system and mythological details that were sewn into the story line. The romance bits weren't half-bad either. Especially the chemistry between the the ones who weren't supposed to be attracted to each other.

It's a must read!


The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles, #3)The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The product description is apt-- fans of Deborah Harness will enjoy this book because of it's multi-layered tapestry of magic, love and time travel. Not to mention that the heroine in both series has a scholarly profession. From there though, I'd say the similarities end.

Once again, I've read a series book without reading the prior books, but my lack of knowledge didn't hamper my enjoyment while reading this book. I didn't get too lost along the way, though I'm sure I would have been a little more emotionally invested in the central love story if I'd read the other two books first.

I truly enjoyed the Scottish/ Fae / Historical aspects of this novel, especially in relation to the "olde tales" discussed throughout. The magical elements were well done and creative, and the writing was seamless. It's safe to say I was sucked into this novel fairly quickly, and once I was done I was done (several hours later- I'm fast like that)I was sad, like the end of my favorite series had come and gone.

Now, to go back and read the first two books!

(ARC received via Netgalley for review purposes.)


We Are Made of Stardust (Peaches Monroe, #1)We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Brilliant, just brilliant.

This book is Purr-fect, with a capital P of course. It's been a long time since I've read something that was the perfect amalgam of steamy, witty, humorous, blush-worthy and charismatic. I can't even come up with the right words to describe how much I loved this novel, and the characters within. I'm most certainly Team Peaches now, and probably Team Dalton, depending on how the next book plays out.

Above all, I'm a fangirl of Mimi Strong's now too.

That dame can write.

(And am I the only one who sees this book becoming a mega-bestseller and a featured film?)



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